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Referee Appointments

In the Bay of Plenty we have three highly experienced volunteers and one employee of the rugby union who take care of appointing referees to games.

They are:

Senior Appointments Manager: Ian Crowe

Phone: 027-573-8650 | Email: croweijcm@orcon.net.nz

The Senior Appointments Manager is responsible for appointing referees to the following level of games:

  • Age Group Representative Matches including Under 19’s, 18’s, 16’s, 15’s (Sub Union 14’s, 13’s)
  • Premier
  • Division 1
  • Division 2
  • Sub Union Senior reserve
  • Development
  • Colts
  • Women's
  • School 1st XV (Chiefs Cup & Chiefs Trophy)

College Appointments Manager: Shane Forward

Phone: 021-355-070 | Email: shanef@envisage.net.nz

The College Appointments Manager is responsible for appointing referees to the following games:

  • 1st XV (Division 1-3)
  • 1st XV Girls
  • Development Girls
  • 2nd XV
  • Under 15 (Premiership, Championship, Development)
  • Under 14 (Premiership, Championship, Development)

Junior Appointments Manager: Malcolm Langdon

Phone: 021-324-546 | Email: malcolm.langdon@clear.net.nz

The Junior Appointments Manager is responsible for appointing referees to the following games:

  • Under 13
  • Under 12
  • Under 11 (2018)
  • Champion of Champions
  • Ellis Shield
  • AIMS Games
  • Tai Mitchell

Representative/Tournament Appointments Manager: Pat Rae

Phone: 029-487-8429 | Email: pat@boprugby.co.nz

The Representative/Tournaments Appointments Manager is responsible for appointing referees to the following games:

  • Mitre 10 Cup AR/TMO/Sideline Management Team
  • Summer Season of Sevens Tournaments

Junior Rugby (Under 6-10) do not have registered referees formally appointed to their fixtures by the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union. Instead, all teams are required to provide associate referees and the home team is initially responsible for appointing a referee. If they can’t provide a referee, the visiting team is asked and if they can’t provide an associate referee, then anyone can referee the game but the kids go to uncontested scrums.

As a registered referee, you’re allowed to referee junior rugby so long as it doesn’t interfere with your Bay of Plenty Rugby Union appointments. Just be sure that you’re not standing on anyone’s toes first. If a coach from the home team asks, then by all means go for it.

If you’re ever contacted directly from a club or school OR anyone to referee a match other than Under 6-10 (under 11 from 2018), please direct them to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Referees Forms and Information tab. There they will find a link to an online form titled, Referee Request Form. It is vital to the appointment process that all requests for referees come through the correct channel; that is the submission of the online Referee Request form.

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